The British authorities have licensed felony expenses towards Harvey Weinstein on two counts of indecent assault towards a girl in 1996 in London, the nation’s Crown Prosecution Service introduced in a news release Wednesday.
Mr. Weinstein, 70, has been convicted of felony intercourse crimes in New York and is awaiting trial in Los Angeles, the place he has been charged with a number of counts of forcible rape, amongst different expenses.
“Charges have been authorized against Harvey Weinstein, 70, following a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation,” Rosemary Ainslie, the top of the prosecution service’s particular crime division, mentioned in an announcement.
Earlier this month a New York appeals courtroom upheld Mr. Weinstein’s 2020 conviction on felony intercourse crimes, rising the chance that he would serve a good portion of his 23-year sentence. A lawyer for Mr. Weinstein mentioned on the time that his authorized crew would ask the state’s highest courtroom, the Court of Appeals, to overview the choice.
Mr. Weinstein have to be formally charged at a police station in England or Wales, mentioned David Lindsell, a spokesman for the prosecution service. He declined to touch upon the potential for extradition.
A lawyer for Mr. Weinstein, Barry Kamins, declined to remark.
Mr. Weinstein was a robust Hollywood movie producer till his downfall in 2017, when The New York Times reported allegations that he had sexually abused girls over the course of practically three a long time. In the aftermath, dozens of ladies got here ahead to accuse Mr. Weinstein of sexual misconduct or assault; he maintained that he had solely engaged in consensual sexual exercise.
The accusations spurred a global reckoning round sexual assault and harassment, with girls in many fields coming ahead with public allegations towards high-profile males in what grew to become often called the #MeToo motion.
In 2018, Mr. Weinstein was arrested in New York City on intercourse crime expenses. He stood trial in 2020, and a jury discovered him responsible of two felonies — a felony sexual act in the primary diploma and third-degree rape — and acquitted him on two expenses of predatory sexual assault.
In Los Angeles, Mr. Weinstein was indicted on expenses that he sexually assaulted a number of girls in separate incidents between 2004 and 2013. He was transferred to California to face the costs and pleaded not responsible.